On October 11, about 75 Guest House clients, staff and Board of Trustees came together to celebrate a Campus Mass, Commissioning Ceremony and Luncheon at the William E. Scripps Estate on the Guest House grounds.
The Mass was celebrated in the Mansion Chapel with Rev. George Hazler, IVD, Guest House Chaplain, presiding over the Mass. In his homily Fr. George spoke of connectedness and making a difference in the lives of others. He commended the staff for their ministry and encouraged continued efforts.
Taking place within the Mass, our new President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Henrich was commissioned by the Board of Trustees Chair Michael Fontana – to lead and uphold the mission and values of Guest House. In turn, Jeff commissioned all the Guest House associates as a cooperative staff to maintain the same mission and values with enthusiasm, quality and self-motivation.
This special event highlighted Jeff’s return to Guest House. He served as Executive Director of the Men’s Program in Rochester, Minnesota, from 2011 to 2014, and prior to that time as the Assistant Director and as a counselor. His recent appointment has been well received by present and past clients, staff and Church leadership.
In his remarks, Jeff shared the “Prayer of St. Francis” and focused on the guiding words of hope, light and love. He also selected just a couple words for a powerful statement: “Treatment works!” Everyone was encouraged to spread the word and show the world how meaningful addiction treatment is.
Following the Mass and Commissioning Ceremony, all present enjoyed a bountiful luncheon prepared by members of the Guest House Dietary Staff. Fellowship was enjoyed in various parts of the home, including the dining room, grand hallway and tea porch. Preparation and clean-up work was a group effort, and the work of many hands added to the joy of the event.
It was a day of prayer, of gratitude and of rejoicing, and we ask you, our readers, to pray for us as we continue with zeal in our ministry. Thank you for your support.
Written by Guest House Staff Writer